Tagbilaran, Saturday, 15 January 2011 22:25:05
Talk about the South Pacific and you conjure images of breathtaking romantic getaways amidst the lapping of gentle waves, the swaying of palm trees and the soothing caress of the tropical breeze. And that was exactly what Winona Marie Dohig Baquial, a BS Medical Technology sophomore of Cebu Doctors University, had when she celebrated her 18th birthday one balmy Saturday evening at the posh Flushing Meadows Resort and Playground which was transformed into a fabulous island paradise replete with overflowing drinks and a sumptuous feast fit for a princess.
The South Pacific-themed party that was organized and emceed by Bohol's seasoned host Raul Gatal opened with the grand entrance of the debutante who looked stunning in an EJ Relampagos original was highlighted with dances from Guam, Tahiti, Hawaii, Fiji and Samoa and a stylized hula number from her Cebu Doctors classmates but what really brought the house down was the special number presented by Winona herself and her Dohig cousins.
For the 18 gentlemen, it was a unique experience for instead of the usual waltz, they presented her with tropical blooms and kisses on the cheeks. Afterwards, they paired off with the ladies and released 18 special lanterns up into the skies. A limbo rock challenge opened up the after party by the white sandy beach.
Celso and Ma. Teresa "Bebet" Baquial, Bohol's exclusive Pryce Gas dealers and the debutante's very proud parents, wish nothing but the best for their only child.
Though she is now 18, Winona explained that she is not yet ready to have a boyfriend. "Studies first," she says. How about mom? "I just hope that if there is a romantic involvement right now, I hope it would be an inspiration."
Leo P. Udtohan